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Saratov State University named after N.G. Chernyshevsky

Saratov State University named after N.G. Chernyshevsky (Imperial Nikolaevsky University) was founded in 1909. It is one of the oldest and leading scientific educational centers in Russia.

SSU has a significant scientific research and innovational potential, plays a strategic role in socio-economic and cultural development of the region (the university is one of the main developers and performers of the Programme of High Technologies' development in Saratov Region, the university is involved into the international educational and scientific area (the university has the cooperation agreements with 56 universities of Europe, Asia and America).

The university consists of 15 departments (Biology Department, Geography Department, Geology Department, Sociology Department, Mechanics & Mathematics Department, Computer Sciences and Information Technologies Department, Nano-&- Biomedical Technologies Department, Nonlinear Processes Department, Psychology Department, Physics Department, Philosophy Department, Economics Department, Law Department, Department of foreign languages and linguodidactics, Pedagogics and Special Education Department, 6 educational institutes (Institute of additional professional education, History & International Relations Institute, Philology & Journalism Institute, Chemistry Institute, Institute of Arts, Physical Education Institute). There is a SSU filial in Balashov - the largest university filial in Russia, which has 9 departments (Pedagogical Department, Ecology & Biology Department, Foreign Languages Department, Mathematics & Economics Department, Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Physical Education and Life Safety Department, Philology Department. Two professional colleges - Geology College and Radionics College - are the part of Saratov State University.

In 2010 Saratov Sate University became the National Research University, joining the leading group of of higher professional educational institutions in Russia.

Due to the Development Programme of the National Research University SSU there will appear in Russia a higher educational institution not only comparable by its educational, research and innovational characteristics to the main foreign universities, but also holding the leading position in the spheres, connected with the priority trends of the University's development.

The peculiarity of the Development Programme of the National Research University SSU is the training of the specialists with high research and innovational competencies based on the fundamental interdisciplinary education.

At Saratov State University there have been created comfortable conditions which allow the students to get professional education, make fundamental and applied research and create high-technology products. The university complex includes all the necessary structures: a large scientific library, well-equipped laboratories, scientific centers and institutions (including the filials of the Russian Academy of Sciences), new educational buildings, comfortable dormitory for international students and professors, centers studying the national cultures.

All the students have access to the scientific library of SSU. It is one of the largest libraries in Russia. It was founded together with the university, in 1909. The library has a 9-storeyed archives, its floor space is 10 000 square meters.

At the present time there are almost three million books and other printed publications in the library's archives, which include more than 50 thousand exemplars of rare books, the collections of manuscript books, West European manuscripts and palaeotypes, the first exemplars of Slavic printing, the publications of the 18th century and the books with the autographs of great writers.

National Research Saratov State University is a recognized scientific centre of the region. SSU has a status of innovational, Nano Industrial, National Research Russian university; the university is the frequent winner of international and Russian competitions and grants.

Saratov State University has unique equipment, research laboratories and scientific centers, where the students and researchers carry out their investigations. The scientific complex of SSU includes: the first Russian scientific educational institute of nanostructures and biosystems, the Risk Institute (was opened together with Brunel University, London, UK), Scientific educational institute of optics and biophotonics, Trans-regional institute of social sciences, Scientific Research Institute of Natural sciences, the Institute of Archeology and cultural heritage and many others.

With the support of different countries at SSU there function the centers of national cultures' studies. Turkish Language and Cultural Center, Oriental Studies Center, Educational Scientific Center of Cooperation with CIS and Baltic states, Center of Russian Germans' history and culture studies study the foreign cultures and languages, help to promote the cultures among the students of SSU, organize the students' and teachers' exchange programmes.

At SSU there is an annual Summer School of Russian Language, which offers Russian language courses for the international students. The duration of the course is 6 weeks; it includes not only the language classes but also the cultural programme (the Saratov museums, Volga cruise, a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg). Every year the students from different countries come to Saratov State University in order to be introduced to Russian language and culture.

At SSU there is an annual Summer School of Russian Language, which offers Russian language courses for the international students. The duration of the course is 6 weeks; it includes not only the language classes but also the cultural programme (the Saratov museums, Volga cruise, a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg). Every year the students from different countries come to Saratov State University in order to be introduced to Russian language and culture.

The university is one of the participants of the Oxford Russian Fund scholarship programmes: in 2008 - 2010 335 senior students of liberal arts specialties were getting the scholarships from this Fund.

An important part of the university's life is the extra-curricular work with the young people and the social protection of the students. In 2006 Saratov State University won the competition of the student's self-administration forms, organized by Federal Agency for Education. A system of student's employment assistance has been created and now is successfully functioning at SSU.

Saratov State University is a partner of the World Summer Student Games - 2013. The young sportsmen of SSU will take part in the World Summer Student Games. The creative team of SSU has got the right of cultural support of the Student Games - 2013.

The students of SSU have the opportunity to practice sports on the city stadium "Lokomotiv", where the physical education classes take place. There are many sport classes at "Lokomotiv", the sport class of SSU offers mountain climbing classes, sky-jumping classes, swordplay classes, darts classes. There are the fitness center, gym, exercise room.

For the young poets and musicians there has been created at SSU a club "Limuzin-SSU". For the lovers of photography there is a photo club "Flash light". SSU Student Club organize the following annual events: a musical creative competition "Student's spring", "Student Dedication", the ball "Golden autumn", "Club of the funny and Inventive", Miss and Mister of SSU", the festival "Pancake Week".

SSU has an agreement with the insurance company and helps the international students to make the medical insurance police.

Source: National Research N.G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University

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